Artistic IdentityPosted: January 21, 2013
So, on Friday night, I wanted to create…..needed to create something for a looming deadline, actually…..and nothing was working for me. I started 3 projects, and I just “lost” them, the excitement, creativity. I had few good friends on the Gauche Alchemy team suggest I walk away for a while, and take my mind off of artsy things, to help with my block.
At 11:00 on Saturday, I returned to my studio, and the mojo hit me like a ton of bricks, but it was a bit different this time.
I was just dying to play with paint. I didn’t want to think about pretty paper. I did know that the “test” papers, from forcing my whole family to put their palm print on a surface, looked awfully interesting. So, paint and prints united, using a technique from Nathalie Kalbach’s Creative Jump Start.
Finally after being all painty, I added paper. I cut lots of Studio Calico “classic Calico” papers into strips with pointed flag edges.
This heart wood embellishment, from Paper Issues, is so beautiful and I thought it fit so well on this layout.
You know, my daughter has a wonderful artistic identity, as the title of this layout says. I am glad she can find a bit of herself during a time in her life, where there’s so much change, and searching for purpose and meaning. I have yet to call myself an “artist”, I still see myself as a crafter….but maybe I’m an artist in the sense that while Yo Yo Ma is a studied classical musician, Bob Dylan is rougher around the edges, and his music comes from a different, self-taught and raw place. I’d fall more into the Bob Dylan category….but probably more Janis Joplin. Anyhoo….I digress.
I’m excited to share this layout. It’s a new favorite, finding a little bit of myself in a layout for my daughter.
Have a wonderful week, gnomies!